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Artist: katsa.theo
Title: Porto
Format: CD
Label: Ressonus Records (@)
Rated: *****
Like much of what I review for Chain DLK, I had never heard of this project. This album is a collaboration between JiÅí Tilgner who 'grows mostly from the electro-industrial roots naturally spiced with downtempo, musique concrète and even dubstep features' and singer Milli Janatková. I must admit that this is an odd combination. The label describes the album thus 'The contrast between her dreamy voice singing Portuguese lyrics and the raw musical background moves the project towards the realm of abstract pop.' Her voice is beautiful and seraphic, which stands in stark contrast to the sweeping noises laid down by Tilgner. I guess if I had to describe this, imagine if a trip hop band decided to do a noisy track for Projekt records. It's interesting and engaging, but what really makes this work is Janatková's voice. It's beautiful and sultry, ranging from spoken word to standard singing to heavily processed ethereal vocals. This is an excellent counterpoint to Tilgner's structured noisiness and glitches. The only drawback is that the two remixes of Sonho really didn't seem to add a lot. I would have preferred some other material. Still, although ChainDLK is often geared toward the difficult listening set, we all need a break at times and this would definitely be a good choice because it provides a bit of the dissonance we enjoy combined with a bit of beauty. This disc weighs in at about 36 minutes.
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Artist: ‘kirchenkampf’
Title: Well of Souls
Format: CD
Label: Cohort Records (@)
Rated: *****
I had not heard of 'kirchenkampf,' but the first thing you notice is the packaging. It is a grey, stamped, folded cover that reminds me of the old school DIY noise music scene. The best part about it is that when I put in the disc, the music was likewise reminiscent of those days. The label describes the album as 'three long tracks of cavernous ambience depicting the subterranean in us all, spiritual or otherwise.' This may be ambience, but it is not exactly Robert Rich or Steve Roach. This is more along the lines of Inade or Terra Sancta, with noisy drone and walls of sound. The music shifts at a glacial pace, slowly evolving, but always shifting beneath your feet like sand on a beach. Each track is around 25 minutes long, leaving you plenty of time to immerse yourself in the soundscapes. The liner card simply states that 'no radios were used.' I have to admit that this doesn't really push the envelope, but what it does it does quite well. I could easily see this at home on Cyclic Law or Malignant Records, so if those labels sound good to you, this is certainly worth picking up. This disc weighs in at around 75 minutes.
4 stars
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Artist: ODAHL
Title: Out Of Control
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Mullet Records (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
One year and half from the "Never 2 much" single, ODahl is back on Mullet Records and this time he delivers two dancefloor killers. "Out of control" is a 4/4 conga driven cool tune with lead synth solos, fat bass lines and nice female vocal samples. "Just be easy" is another 4/4 instrumental song where the Swedish guy make us go crazy with hypnotic arpeggios, in levare fat bass lines and plastic synth pads. These tracks have great melodies and are good to dance with. Two winners! The E.P. contains also two remixes for each track, the first is by Justin Faust (a nice remix that plays a little with the original tune and add a different lead line). The remix of the second track is by Honom and they play a little with stops and go just to let the tune start on the second half and turn into a night dance track on the ending part. The original tunes are great, the remixes are nice...
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Artist: CAUTERISED
Title: Trifler's Flashback
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: What A Carve Up! (@)
Rated: *****
Have you ever had nightmares while you fall asleep watching tv at night? The newest Cauterised's TRIFFLER'S FLASHBACK sounds just like one of them. It mixes samples coming from b-movies from the 70s just to form a new kind of music. Experimental? Tv archeology? Name it the way you like it and dive into the cheesy atmospheres of "Mad dog jazz", the sci-fi extravaganza of "The return of Satanus", the dramatic romance of "A killer for your love" and the soft porn multi velocity of "Ze German". Funny and catchy... P.s. This is a free offer download release!
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Artist: MACHINEFABRIEK
Title: Vloed
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Rated: *****
It's time for Cold Spring to have again on their catalog a new release by Machinefabriek. As for the last time, Justin is releasing an enhanced reissue of a Rutger Zuydervelt album: originally released in 2008 on Sentient Recognition Archive label as CDr, VLOED is now reissued with the addition of "Vrijhaven", a twenty one minutes long suite recorded live at the Nieuwe Kerk, The Hague, on the 11th October 2008. On this tracks we have Rutger dealing with concrete music made of clogging noises, glitches, drones, sparse finger picking guitar notes and horns like sounds toward its end. The original three tracks are edited live recordings of concerts held in Amsterdam on 2006, 2007 and 2008. The main track sounds like a waving magma of gentle guitar drones for its first part which sees at its middle the add of powerful guitar drones and glitches. "Allengskens" is a track I found mesmerizing, thanks to the multi layering of reverbering guitar drones which form soft melodies. Toward its end, Rutger, strengthen the sound making the whole track sound like sea waves that break up on the reef. "Drifjgzand" is a throbbing track which plays a lot with silence, mixing on its peak noises, high frequencies drones, slow guitar arpeggios and reversed sounds. If you like hynotic atmospheres this one is for you...
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